“One of the leading big-picture thinkers of our day” (Utne Reader) delivers his boldest work in this erudite, tough-minded, and far-reaching manifesto. In this sweeping new interpretation of the history of civilization, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin looks at the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it. TITLE: The Empathic Civilisation. Speakers: Jeremy Rifkin. Chaired by: Date: Venue: RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ. NB. This is an unedited.

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The impact of climate change is rather civilizaion intensify human conflict. Rifkin considers the latest phase of communication and energy regimes—that of electronic telecommunications and fossil fuel extraction—as bringing people together on the nation-state level based on democratic capitalismbut at the same time creating global problems, like climate changepandemics, and nuclear proliferation.

The Empathic Civilization

He begins by discussing mirror neurons, which allow meremy person to “feel” what another is feeling, then delves into the advancement of psychology since Freud. Rifkin’s book concludes with a nod to the election of Barack Obama, a mention that might sound dated because of all the problems Obama has faced.

Return to Book Page. Rifkin is a very sharp guy who has always displayed a few annoying tendencies in pop-psychology, whether writing about biotechnology or Europe or entropy.

But recent discoveries in cognitive science, brain studies and child psychology are proving otherwise: I guess the latter would have been a better choice, but somehow empathy has lost my sympathy If we imagine where we are want to go together, it gives us something to hope for and hope inspires change.

View all 3 comments. How these developments will sustain global cultural diversity and make our societies sustainable and more human harboring remains a big question for me for him to as is does never come with an answer but merely makes an analysis of the situation.


Gray ‘s review in The Guardian described the theme of Rifkin’s argument as “a struggle between the polar forces of empathy and entropy” and that “as civilisation has extended the reach of empathy beyond the civilizatiob and the tribe By retelling and reshaping o A fascinating interpretation of the evolution of consciousness and empathy in humans.

One need not be a hardened cynic to find this Rousseauesque tale implausible. To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now.

The development of writing, as well as hydraulics and irrigation, allowed agricultural societies to better organize themselves so that a larger geographic area and a larger population could be controlled.

The Empathic Civilization: The Race To Global Consciousness In A World In Crisis

Using the most current understanding of psychology, Rifkin interprets the history of humanity as the development of increasingly sophisticated empathic connection between people, each other, and other species, enabled by civilization’s freeing of more and more people from preoccupation with basic survival. Rifkin extrapolates the observed trend into the future, predicting that Internet and mobile technology along with small-scale renewable energy commercialization will create an era of distributed capitalism rjfkin to manage the new energy regime and a heightened global empathy that can help solve global problems.

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In my imaginative fiction, I often explore the idea of an event that causes us to transcend human boundaries, become more connected, and obtain utopia. Empathy is a delicate balancing act. In my view it is a necessary read for all humans on this Earth.


The Empathic Civilization: The Race To Global Consciousness In A World In Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin captures the currents of history and puts our current dilemmas as a global society into perspective. Unfortunate that at this critical time in history, there’s rifkih sociopath in the WH w I love the idea of this book – the entire history of civilization in just pages.

Personal investments, social exploration, and creativity became highly valued. Our empathic embrace is our way of rooting for her and celebrating her life. The point is, we fully recognize it and are trying to confront the damages we cause.

I only regret that in the last few pages of the book, Rifkin returns to Goethe’s critique of the scientific method. But to resist this change in human relations and modes of thinking, Rifkin contends, would spell ineptness and disaster in facing the new challenges around us.

History Domestic Politics World Politics. It is by imagining and experiencing the feelings and thoughts of others as if they were one’s own that one unleashes personal creativity. A fascinating interpretation of the evolution of consciousness and empathy in humans.

Rifkin’s argument in Part 3 that the dramaturgical self makes the issue of “self-authenticity” less relevant is an important one, and I applaud the way he has applied that to social networks. Jun 12, Ali rated it it was amazing.